When the front part of a bone in the spine breaks and collapses, it is called a compression fracture. A fall or car crash can cause this kind of break.
Treatment will focus on controlling pain. Some children need to wear a brace.
Surgery may be done if the pain does not go away or if the bone presses on the spinal cord or nerves.
Most of these breaks heal in 8 to 10 weeks. After that, your child will probably need physiotherapy.
Healthy habits can help your child heal. Give your child a variety of healthy foods. And don't smoke around him or her.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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